Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that his scientists have prepared a vaccine that is effective against the coronavirus. Addressing government ministers on Tuesday, he said, “as far as I know, a vaccine against a new coronavirus infection has been registered this morning, for the first time in the world.”
The presidential election in Belarus is done. The winner, as expected, is Alexander Lukashenko. At the same time, he is making crucial mistakes already. The mistakes can be very expensive, and, at least hypothetically, could become the basis for the fall of the Lukashenko regime.
The Indian Foreign Ministry has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit India in October, and during his proposed visit, there are likely to be many high-level agreements between India and Russia. News sources said that there is a long list of high-level talks between the two countries in the coming months.
The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Alexander Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus since then (predating the office of President). In the post Soviet era, Lukashenko was an example for Russians. He is the only leader that maintained social guarantees and benefits in the modern times.
The Kremlin has proposed to remove Wikipedia from Russia. According to the suggestion, Wikipedia is not sufficiently corresponding to the ideological course of the United Russia Party and the government. It is suggested to replace Wikipedia with a digital equivalent of the Great Russian encyclopedia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed Sergei Furgal, the governor of Khabarovsk, in the Far East of the country. The decision came two weeks after Furgal, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), was arrested, accused of having been involved in a murder.
The recent Russian constitutional amendments that give leeway for President Vladimir Putin to remain in power for another 16 years have created some sort of backlash amongst a section of Russians towards the president. This sentiment is seemingly spreading throughout Russia fast and furiously.
Large-scale protests continued in the Far Eastern Russian province of Khabarovsk, with people demanding the release of Sergei Furgal, the popular governor arrested for homicide. People gathered in other cities across the province, adjacent to China across the Heilongjiang River.
Wednesday produced a big victory for Vladimir Putin. After counting more than 98 percent of the vote, a majority of Russians voted in favor of the proposed changes to the country’s constitution. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has said he does not recognize the results of the referendum and will protest.
Russian voters have approved, by a large majority, the constitutional amendments that allow President Vladimir Putin to run for two additional terms, according to the first results of the referendum. This package of constitutional amendments allows, among other measures, Putin to extend his presence in the Kremlin until 2036.
The Russian intelligence service offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill coalition forces, including US soldiers, in Afghanistan. The information is courtesy of U.S. officials who sought anonymity, as reported by the New York Times. The information has not been confirmed from an official team.
On July 1st, Russian citizens will go to vote on the amendments to the Russian Constitution proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ballot will include only yes or no questions. However, the details of the changes are not provided for the voters on the day of the vote.
Dmitry Medvedev penned a new article recently titled “On the Mountain.” The article is the view of Russian future. Medvedev openly warns readers not to think that he left politics, and took the new post, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, quietly. He says he doesn’t belong in the circle of those who determine policy.
A new documentary called “Russia, Kremlin, Putin” aired on Russia-1 TV channel on Sunday, mostly about Russian President Vladimir Putin. The documentary was a compilation of Putin’s interviews from the past to the present, including statements and artifacts that have never been seen before.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after 20,000 tons of oil leaked into a river. The president has asked the relevant officials to ensure that the spill is contained to avoid further damage. The spill occurred when a fuel tanker at a power plant near the city of Siberia collapsed last Friday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially announced that the referendum on amendments to the Federal Constitution would be held next month, July 1. The constitutional amendments are designed to change Russia’s power structure by strengthening the parliament and the government with respect to the presidency.
The recent crackdown on rebel leader General Khalifa Haftar’s forces in Libya has made it increasingly clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to take over covert control of the country’s future. Turkey provides military assistance to support of the government in Tripoli, while Gen. Haftar’s army has several thousand Russian “mercenaries.”
Russia treated Ukraine like an aggressor who occupied Crimea and a part of East Ukraine, infringing on the international laws and agreements. Agreements that there signed by Russia itself.
This was possible because of former president Barrak Obama.
What should be done now? Should Ukraine under support of NATO take actions to reclaim the territories? This means war. Such a war can leap into a nuclear war as Russia was hinted repeatedly. Obviously this path is unacceptable. Much more desirable is to find a solution by utilizing peaceful means.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is restructuring the Russian government. In January, he proposed amendments to the Russian constitution. It is highly likely due to the coronavirus that the amendments will be approved without the proposed popular vote. Putin continues to carve out a new Russian power model. The style of governance for the Kremlin has been more of a dictatorship.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, 52, said Tuesday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The spokesman is currently receiving treatment at a hospital. Peskov, however, elaborated that he hasn’t met the president lately, stating that the last time he met with Putin was a month ago.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has tested positive for the coronavirus. He becomes the first high ranking official in Russia to publicly declare that he has tested positive for the deadly virus. The Premier gave the country’s President, Vladimir Putin, the news through a televised video call on Thursday.
The Russian State Duma member from Crimea, Andrey Kozenko, reiterated the necessity to “strengthen” so called support for the Donetsk People’s Republic, including for the region to be fully integrated into the Russian Federation territory. The Donetsk People’s Republic is a Russia backed proto-state in the eastern Ukrainian Oblast of Donetsk. The proto-state is recognized only by the partially recognized South Ossetia and Luhansk People’s Republic. The capital city is Donetsk and it was founded in 2014. This is the same year Russia orchestrated the farce of the referendum to annex Crimea.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally signed off on new constitutional amendments which would allow for him to remain in the Kremlin until 2036. The amendments repeal the current term limits that bar a president from running for a third consecutive six-year term. Putin’s second consecutive term, and fourth overall, comes to an end in 2024.
On March 10, the proposal was made in the Russian Duma to remove restrictions on the number of presidential terms and allow the current head of state to be re-elected to this position. The Russian Duma is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, while the upper house is the Council of the Federation.
Russia’s lower House of Parliament, the Duma, voted in favor of amending the country’s constitution to lift restrictions on presidential term limits. The changes were approved by a near-unanimous vote. No representatives cast a negative vote, and only the 43 Communists in the Duma abstained.
The Russian Duma overwhelmingly approved changes to the nation’s Constitution Wednesday in its third and final reading. It is a move that now allows President Vladimir Putin to remain at the helm of the country’s leadership for an additional 12 years after his current term comes to an end in 2024.
Donald Trump’s campaign team sued the New York Times for defamation on Wednesday. The bone of contention is an opinion column, published almost a year ago, that mentioned that there was an agreement between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the then-Republican candidate during the 2016 presidential race.
Turkey faced Russia, formerly a convenient regional ally, in Syria, where Moscow had previously entrenched as a second-rate superpower, and Ankara tasted neo-Ottoman nostalgia. The shocks from this story have been felt for a long time, and their epicenter is located in Idlib in northwestern Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, immediately after addressing the public in Washington, left to Russia to speak with Vladmir Putin. In his address revealing the peace plan, US President Trump showed his support for a safe and prosperous Israel and Palestine. To have a safe and prosperous Israel and Palestine requires peace.
The new, not so new, Russian government appointments were announced. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech was followed by the resignation of the Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev and his cabinet. Putin desires to amend the Russian constitution that was created in 1993, two years after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1991. The vote about the newly proposed amendments is expected to occur before May 1, 2020.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed that the head of the Federal Tax Service, Mikhail Mishustin, should take over as Prime Minister on Wednesday. The Kremlin made the announcement after the sudden resignation of the Russian government’s top officials. In a statement issued by the President’s office, Putin submitted the nomination of Mishustin to the Duma, the Russian parliament, which must ratify the appointment.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, called for a solution to the crisis in Libya Saturday. After a meeting in Moscow, which also discussed the escalation of tensions in the Middle East, both leaders urged the parties to negotiate. Earlier this week, Russia and Turkey— which support opposing sides— called for a cease fire.
January 27 will be International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem. Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is in May of each year, but International Holocaust Remembrance Day falls out in January of each year. The function is dedicated to the remembrance of 75th anniversary of the liberation of Jews from Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The occasion will also give its attention to the problems of Anti-Semitism in Europe, America, and throughout the world.
US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that “great and important coordination” between the United States and Russia helped prevent an attack on St. Petersburg. “President Putin of Russia called to thank me and the U.S. for informing them of a planned terrorist attack in the very beautiful city of Saint Petersburg,” Trump wrote on his Twitter account. “They were able to quickly apprehend the suspects, with many lives being saved . . . Great and important coordination!” The US president added.
The Normandy Format talks started on December 9, 2019 in Paris. The countries present are Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. The main goal is to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The group was created in 2014 but the talks have been stalled until now. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky stated peace with Russia is his top priority.
This month, Russia’s Gosduma approved the withdrawal from the declaration that the Soviet Union made upon ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, concerning the protection of victims of international armed conflicts. Last month, Russian president Vladimir Putin asked the Russian government to approve the withdrawal. Of course, in Putin’s Russia the Gosduma immediately agreed to pass it into law.
Russia’s Gosduma approved a new law regarding Russian individuals being designated as foreign agents if they are working with foreign news outlets and receive funding outside of Russia. Interestingly, besides one member of the Duma, 337 members voted in favor of the proposed law. It is expected to take effect on November 21. The State Duma, commonly abbreviated in Russian as Gosduma, is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, while the upper house is the Council of the Federation. The Duma headquarters are located in central Moscow, a few steps from Manege Square. Its members are referred to as deputies.
A mоnth after the start of military ореrаtіоnѕ іn nоrthеrn Sуrіа, thеrе hаѕ bееn a ѕhаrр сlаѕh bеtwееn the Turkіѕh military and Kurdіѕh mіlіtіаѕ. In аddіtіоn tо the mіlіtаrу соnfrоntаtіоn in Tеl-Tаmаr аnd Ras аl-Aуn, thе Turkish Aіr Fоrсе has bоmbеd Kurdіѕh роѕіtіоnѕ. Sуrіаn Human Rights Watch hаѕ rероrtеd severe сlаѕhеѕ bеtwееn Kurdish mіlіtаntѕ аnd Turkіѕh troops. Thе Turkish аіr fоrсе іѕ аlѕо ѕаіd tо have tаrgеtеd areas іn nоrthеrn Sуrіа.
The State Archive of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg has, for the first time ever, made declassified documents available pertaining to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s KGB history (as wee as a few other key people in the KGB). The KGB, translated in English as Committee for State Security, was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until its break-up in 1991. As a direct successor of agencies such as the Cheka, NKGB, NKVD and MGB, the committee was attached to the Council of Ministers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Saudi Arabia Monday to meet with Saudi leaders. Putin also held talks with King Salman, as well as with Saudi Arabia over Iran and Syria. The leaders’ talks focused on the issue of oil production and the price of the product in world markets. Political analysts believe that tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as Turkey’s progress in Syria, are among the issues to be discussed at the summit of the leaders of the two countries.
Since the latest announcement of Belarus joining Russia with the unification of borders and financial systems, it is clear Vladimir Putin’s appetite for the resurrection of the Soviet Union is here. This century’s iron curtain is Russia’s version of the intranet that will cut off all western media sources unless approved by Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media).
Russia and Belarus are creating a unified economic confederacy, the information was leaked to Komersant this week. Interestingly enough the owner of the newspaper is Alisher Usmanov, a Russian oligarch. Usmanov owns the Kommersant publishing house. He is also a co‑owner of Russia’s second-largest mobile telephone operator, MegaFon, and co-owner of the Mail.Ru group, the largest internet company in the Russian-speaking world. His family is very close to Putin’s inner circle and heavily involved in Russian politics. Hence, the leak is not coincidental, but a planned media release.
Recently, discussion has increased in Russia about creating an anti-Putin coalition. The real politics is the fight for power. The Kremlin is in control, allowing some opposition. Once the opposing individual becomes inconvenient, the raids come in tow. The prime example would be recent raids of Alexei Navalny’s party offices across Russia under the guise of a “money laundering” investigation. As it stands there is no true opposition in Russia. None of the protests on the weekends matter and elections are a sham.
Recent Russian elections show stable results for Putin. All of Putin’s governors won but the St. Petersburg race was a tough one to win for his party. The Moscow City Duma (Russian regional parliament) is a puppet entity, and unlike other cities does not even pass its own budget. This year pro Navalny supporters entered races on the municipal level. Alexey Navlany is an opposition leader and has fled Russia. Russian state security services have carried out nationwide raids on the Kremlin critic’s regional headquarters four days after the elections claiming they’re investigating “money laundering.” Navalny got lucky and used a drone to keep the sensitive hard drive information safe from the Russian State forces.
Russian police have carried out more than 200 raids in 41 cities across the country on Thursday against supporters of Alexei Navalny. As a result of the raids, in cities from Murmansk to Vladivostok, the police have arrested dozens of employees of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation. Navalny is known as a staunch opponent of President Vladimir Putin, and for investigating the corruption of the Russian elite.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Thursday, during his two-day visit to Russia for the Eastern Economic Forum (EFF) in Vladivostok, that India will give a billion-dollar line of credit for the development of the Russian Far East.